31 Jul 2017

Putin Signs Controversial Law Tightening Internet Restrictions

“Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed controversial legislation prohibiting the use of Internet proxy services — including virtual private networks, or VPNs — and cracking down on the anonymous use of instant messaging services.” Source: Putin Signs Controversial Law Tightening Internet Restrictions

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28 Jul 2017

Flush times for hackers in booming cyber security job market

“The surge in far-flung and destructive cyber attacks is not good for national security, but for an increasing number of hackers and researchers, it is great for job security.” Source: Flush times for hackers in booming cyber security job market

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27 Jul 2017

Ransomware ‘here to stay’, warns Google study

“Cyber-thieves have made at least $25m (£19m) from ransomware in the last two years, suggests research by Google.” Source: Ransomware ‘here to stay’, warns Google study – BBC News

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26 Jul 2017

Surveillance: German police ready to hack WhatsApp messages

“Germany’s security forces will have the technology to install surveillance software on cellphones before the end of the year, a leaked document shows. Police plan to use private firms to skirt legal dilemmas.” Source: Surveillance: German police ready to hack WhatsApp messages | Germany | DW | 25.07.2017

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24 Jul 2017

Russian Parliament Bans Use of Proxy Internet Services, VPNs

“Russia’s parliament passed a bill to outlaw the use of virtual private networks, or VPNs, and other Internet proxy services, citing concerns about the spread of extremist materials.” Source: Russian Parliament Bans Use of Proxy Internet Services, VPNs

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23 Jul 2017

Blackstone in talks to buy 40 pct of Israel cyber firm NSO

“NSO has come under international scrutiny in recent months amid allegations the Mexican government has used NSO’s Pegasus mobile spyware to target private citizens. Cyber researchers with Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs said last month the Mexican government tried to install Pegasus software

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22 Jul 2017

Infographic: Cybercrimes on the rise in India

“At least one cybercrime was reported every 10 minutes in India in the first six months of 2017, higher than 2016 when there was a crime every 12 minutes. With more Indians going online, the trend is worrying and requires more security systems in place.” Source: Infographic: Cybercrimes on the

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21 Jul 2017

Justice Department Announces ‘Largest Darknet Takedown In History’

“The Justice Department announced Thursday that together with the FBI and international law enforcement agencies, officials had shut down ‘the largest darknet marketplace in history.’ AlphaBay, a Web bazaar where users’ identities were cloaked and illicit goods and drugs were sold, has officially been seized and shut down. ‘This is

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21 Jul 2017

Putin’s Hackers Now Under Attack—From Microsoft

“Microsoft is going after Fancy Bear, the Russian hacking group that targeted the DNC, by wresting control of domain names controlled by the foreign spies. A new offensive by Microsoft has been making inroads against the Russian government hackers behind last year’s election meddling, identifying over 120 new targets of

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20 Jul 2017

AlphaBay and Hansa dark web markets shut down

“Two of the largest dark web marketplaces have been shut down following a ‘landmark’ international law enforcement investigation. The AlphaBay and Hansa sites had been associated with the trade in illicit items such as drugs, weapons, malware and stolen data. Police in the US and Europe collaborated on the operation.

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